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TIIE KINGS OF GREECE.

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black hair in

Diomedes the

strong, well-buil', man, with a

Telamon truly was a tulke full faire, 3780 Blake horit, aboue breghis and other

Telamon the

beautiful; his Serklyt of hom seluyn, semly with all.

ringlets over his A Sotell man of song with mony sere notys, brow; a great

lover of music. And mellit hym with musike & myrthes also. 3784 He was doughty of dedys, derfe of his hond;

Pompe and proude wordis ay be prinse hated.
Ulexes the lefe kyng was loueliest of other, Ulysses, the

loveliest, the
He was the fairest by ferre of all the felle grekes, fairest, the falsest

of the Greeks; 3788 And falsest in his fare, and full of disseit.

none could equal Vndertaker of treyne, of talkyng but litill,

him in eloquence. Neuer myrth in his mouthe meuyt with tong: Sad of his semblaundes, sober of chere.

(fol. 59 6.) 3792 And of facound fairest with a fre speche,

He hade no make of þo men in meuyng of wordye.
Dyamede pe doughty was a dere kyng,

doughty was Stronge of his stature, stithe in his armys, 3796 Brode in his brest, byg in his shulders,

scowling look.

He was false, With a loke þat was laithe like out of wit.

cruel, quarrelffals of his forward, felle of his hond,

some, lecherous, A derffe man in dede, dyssirus of batell. 3800 Vnsober with seruaundes, sorofull in hert,

Dredfull in dole for dissait þat he vsit.
Lusty to lechery, vnlell of his trouthe,

And mony harmes hepit for hete of his loue. 3804 Off Duke Nestor to deme, doughty in werre, Nestor, the brave

and wise, was He was long & large, with lemys full grete. tall, strong, and

well-built; A ffreike þat was fre, and a feire speiker, truthful, trusty,

Wise in his wordys, witté of counsaille ; 3808 Tru of his trowthe, tristy to loue,

Meke of his maners malise to pese ;
And if he walte into wrathe, wode as a lyon,

But he lengit not long in his lothe hate ; 3812 ffaithfull of frendship to frekys þat he louyt,

The hertist to helpe of all the high kynges.
Protheselus the pert kyng was of pure shap, Protesilaus, a

a

and deceitful.

and faithful.

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warrior of fino
mould and fair
size.

Semely for sothe, & of Syse faire. 3816 Doughty of dedis, derfe of his hondes,

None wighter in werre, ne of wille bettur. Neoptolemus the

Neptolon nobill was non of þe lest : noble, a tall, staid man, with hard,

A store man of stature, stabill of chere. black, prickly hair ; large gray 3820

His here was hard blake, on his hede stode. eyes and grim;

Grete Ene and gray, with a grym loke.
Rounde sydes for sothe, sober of wille ;

His shulders were shapon of a clene brede. shouldered, and beetle browed, 3824 Bytell browet was the buerne, þat aboue met;

And stutid full stithly, þat stynt hym to speke;
But he was lernyd of pe lawe, & in his londo

was broad

а

and stuttered,

wise ;

(fol. 60 a.)

a

Palamedes, son of Nauplius, King of Eubea, was of middle size, wellbuilt, bold, and daring; a noble story-teller, courteous and kind.

Podalirius, huge, fat, and "plooked" as a porker; his feet had burden enough to “fer ke hym aboute."

ffor to comyn in a case hade a clere wit.
3828 Palomydon the pure, he was prinse faire ;

Naulus son pe nobill kyng, & his next childe.
Vne made of a mene in the medyll shap,

Large of a lenght, lyuely & small,
3832 Noght borely ne brode, but as hym best semyt.

A stythe man of his stature, stirond of wille,
Menyt hym to mony thinges, & of mynde gode ;

Nobill talker with tales, tretable alse,
3836 Curtas & kynde, curious of honde.

Polidarius was pluccid as a porke fat,
ffull grete in the grippe, all of grese hoge.

So bolnet was his body, pat burthen hade ynoghe 3840 The fete of þat freke to ferke hym aboute,

Or stond vppo streght for his strong charge.
Aparty was he proude, presit after seruys,

He wold not gladly be glad, ne glide into myrthe; 3844 But euermore ymaginand & entrond in thoghtes.

Machaon the mody kyng was of a mene stature,
Noght to long ne to litle, lusty to se,

Proude & presumptins, prouyt of wille,
3818 Ballit was the buerne with a brode face;

Neuer slept þat slegh for slouthe vppon day.

Machaon, brother of Podalirius, was of mean stature, proud and presumptuous,

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Dares in his dytyny duly pus tellus,
pat for the helpe of these hende, & hertely of

oper, 3852 Of Perse come the proude kyng with pepull full The king of Persia

with a great band mony,

of soldiers and

a company of And a company of knightes comly to se,

knights. bat tellis his Atyre & his triet strenght.

He was large, & long, & of lene shap, 3856 With a face somwhat fat, fellist of colour.

The here of þat hathell was huet as þe fire,
Bothe o berde & aboue all of bright rede.

leaders.

active man, of fair feature and

voice.

Of the tulkes of Troy telle we now ferre, or the Trojan 3860 Bothe of mesure & mykyll whille I mynde haue,

As breuyt is in boke and aboue set,
ffull duly by Dares endited of olde.

(fol. 60 b.) Priam þe prise kyng was of pure shap,

Priam the king

was a tall, noble, 3864 A large man & a longe, liuely & small.

A faire man in feturs & hade of furse stenyn. commanding
Wight in his werkes & of wit redy ;

Delited to the deuer on dayes be tyme. 3868 Noght ferfull, ne furse, faueret full wele,

Louet he no lede þat lustide in wrange ;
He rulet hymn by Reason & the right spake.

Songis of solemnite and songes of myrthe 3872 He wold herkon full hertely in his high wit. Was neuer kyng vnder cloude his knightes more Never was a king

more beloved by louet,

his knights, &c. Ne gretter of giftes to his goode men,

Ne lellier louyt ledys of his aune, 3876 Ne with Riches so Rife rewardet his pepull.

Of all his sones for sothe, þat semely were

holdyn,
Non was so noble, ne of nait strenght,

The noblest and

bravest of his sons As Ector, pe eldist, & aire to hym seluyn. was Hector. 3880 He was truly in his tyme tristiest of other

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He stuttered a
little,
was always
victorious.

pat leuit in any londe, & a litle he stotid.
This prinse with his pure strenght plainly auer-

come

Massive and tall, Troy never bred his equal : he was so ready, so good, and so powerful.

(fol. 61 a.)

All Auntres in Armys, þat he euer raght : 3884 Non so stuerne þat withstode a stroke of his

honde. He was massy & mekull, made for þe nonest, Neuer Troy no tyme soche a tulke bred,

So graithe, ne so good, ne of so gret myght.
3888 Ruly & rightwise, a roghe man of hors,

He spake neuer dispituosly, ne spiset no man ;
Ne warpit neuer worde of wrang with his

mowthe.

Ne sagh, þat was vnsemond, slipped hym fro, 3892 But ay meke as a maydon, & mylde of his speche.

Neuer hatfull to hym to hygh into batell,
Neuer wery of þat werke, ne of wegh fferde,
He swat neuer for þat swynke, ne in swayme

felle.
3896 Was neuer red in no Romanse of Renke

vpon
erthe
So well louyt with all ledys, þat in his lond

dwelt.
Parys was pure faire, and a pert knighte;

Here huet on his hede as haspis of silke,
3900 And in sighkyng it shone as the shyre golde.

He was bowman þe best, bolde with a speire,
A wilde man to wale, wode on his fos;

ffull siker at asaye, & a sad knight,
3904 Of hunters he was hede, & hauntyd it ofte.

Deffebus was doughty & derfe of his hond,
The þrid son of þe sute, & his sure brother

Elenus, the eldist euyn after hym.
3908 bo freikes were fourmet of feturs [a]like,

Bothe of hyde & of hew to hede of a mykell;
ffor, to loke on þe ledys with a light egh,

Paris, a pert knight with silken, glossy hair,

was a famous archer and bunter.

Deiphobus the third son and Helenus the fourth, were very much alike in features;

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and in form both were very like their father.

The one was
a tried knight,
the other, a
sotele man of
syense.'

amorous, yet

measured,

The ton fro pe tother was tore for to ken 3912 In sight at þat sodan, somyn & pai were.

The fourme of þo freikes was, faithfully to se,
Right suche as the syre, þat I said first;

Vndifferent to deme fro þere dere fader, 3916 Saue Priam the prise was past into eld,

And þai of yeris full yong, zenerus of wille.
The ton was a triet knight, tristy in armys,

A wight man for to wale, & wise of his dedis; 3920 The tother, sotele of syense to seke in a lond,

And a corius clerke with a clene wit.
Troilus be tru was full tore mekull,

Troilus was tall,

massive, and ffull massely made, & of mayn strenght; strong; brave,

reckless, and 3924 And yet hoger of hert & of her wille,

He demenyt well his maners,& be mesure wroght. mannerly and
Amirous vnto Maidens, & mony hym lonyt, (fol. 61 6.)

And delited hym in dole with damsels ofte ; 3928 But he mesuret his maners, þof he be myrth vsid,

bat it impairyt not his person, ne his purpos

lettid. In strenght ne in stryfe bere strokes were delte, in battle he was

almost equal to He was Ector eftsones, or ellis soche another. 3932 In all the kyngdome & cuntre, þat to be coron

longit,
Was no yong man so zepe, ne zenerus of dedis,
Ne so hardy of hond holdyn in his tyme.

Eneas was euermore eger of wille, 3936 Brode in his brest, & of body litill.

ättle; he was

skilful, wise, Wise in his werkes, & of wordys sober,

learned, and

meek; A faire speiker in a spede, speciall of wit,

A clene man of counsell, with a cloise hert, 3340 Of litterure & langage lurnyt ynoghe.

A man full of mekenes & mery of his chere.
ffaire Ene hade pe freike, & of fyn colour,

had fine bright

eyes slightly Glemyt as pe glasse and gliet a little.

asquint, and was 3944 Of all the tulkes of Troy, to telle þem by name, Troy.

Hector

Æneas the eager, broad-chested but

a

the richest man in

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